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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Rose Obsessed With Gambling Page 7A A Quick Read Banner Plane Flights Concern Coastal Cities MYRTLE BEACH AP Banner plane owners say city officials dont realize how careful they are to train their pilots not to endanger beach goers or property City officials just hate us If it was up to them theyd just shut us down said Thomas Kolb Jr man ager of American Banner Co in Day tona Beach Fla They wont accept the fact that we all train our pilots to avoid crash ing into property or people They dont realize its pretty easy for us to ditch in the ocean far from the swim mers if we get in trouble he said Barry Brock owner of Sky Signs in Myrtle Beach said Planes have been towing banners at least since the 1930s and Ive never heard of any injured Were constantly telling the FAA we want something done to control the planes Myrtle Beach City Man ager Thomas Leath said referring to the Federal Aviation Administration ExReagan Aides v Conviction Reversed WASHINGTON AP A federal appeals court today reversed the conviction of former White House po litical director Lyn Nofziger who was found guilty in 1988 of illegal lob bying after he left the Reagan administration Nofziger was convicted Feb 11 1988 of three counts of illegally lob bying top presidential aides on be half of private clients after he left the White House one year into the Rea gan administration In a 21 decision today a panel of the US Circuit Court of Appeals said the government was required to prove that Nofziger had knowledge of all the facts that made his conduct criminal Because the government offered no evidence demonstrating that Nofziger possessed such knowl edge we reverse his conviction the court said Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a low in the upper 60s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be in the 90s Please see details on Page 3A Deaths MattieJ Danley Salley Sallie M Felder Graniteville Hillman Green Aiken Augustus Lloyd Graniteville Helen F McCormick Columbia Clinton W McDonald Augusta John H Nipper Trenton Gertrude B Scott Johnston Please see details on Page 3A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 7B 38 2B 6B 4B 2B 1B 3A 6A 7A 2B 3A 2 A Drug Scandal Leads To Court Martial Page IB NA Chooses Riverfront For New Gym Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 153 Million Funded For Trinity Place By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The Aiken City Council Monday night approved unanimously a resolution sup porting the issuance of million in rev enue bonds to build the Trinity Place re tirement center in the downtown The action by the Council was required under a state law that says local govern ing bodies must approve such ventures but it does not obligate the city in the repayment of the statebacked loan Councilman Michael Anaclerio made the motion to approve the resolution say ing construction of the retirement center will be a tremendous improvement for the downtown Trinity Place to be built at the inter section of Laurens Street and Barnwell Avenue will provide living spaces for at least 70 residents and employ a staff of about 36 JFunding for the project comes from the South Carolina JobsEconomic Develop ment Authority a state agency that pro Related StoriesPage 18 vides financial backing for the promotion and development of industrial commer cial agricultural and recreational ventures In other business the council v Gave second reading and public hearing to an ordinance amending the fis cal 198889 budget to allow for projects put into the spending package after the budget was approved last year The in changes included funding for two public safety substations the new SmithHazel swimming pool and equipment S Approved the affirmative action re port for 1988 v Approved naming of WP Pat Walke to the Annexation Study Commit tee as the Planning Commission representative Please See Million Page IDA Water Costs May Rise In Aiken Under Proposal Before Council The cost of draining sinks and bath tubs and flushing toilets may be going up for Aikens water customers within the next two months The Aiken City Council gave first reading Monday night to an ordinance increasing the basic sewer charges by three cents per 100 cubic feet City Manager Roland H Windham said the increase will cost the average household 6000 gallon user about 24 cents more on the monthly utility bill The increase which Windham de scribed as very minimal was caused by the Aiken County Public Service Au thority hiking its billings to the city The PSA Windham explained resort ed to the increase after losing money it was receiving from industrial custom ers using the Horse Creek treatment facility The industrial users which had been paying fees into a scavenger waste ac count that funded operations and main tenance costs are no longer using the PSA facility Windham told the Council the city had expected a bigger increase but Gra ham Rich PSA manager and are really doing a fine job and this in crease is very minimal considering the fact that we had lost the monies from the scavenger waste Anchor Suspected In Delaware Oil Spill AP Laserphoto CLEANUP State workers use specially treated cloths to clean oil washed ashore at Hull Cove in Jamestown RI The worst is reportedly over for the Rhode Island coast By The Associated Press CLAYMONT Del A prema turely dropped anchor may have contributed to an 800000gallon oil spill in the Delaware River where workers removed by hand black Jello that mechanical skimmers couldnt suck up The spill was one of three that occurred n US waters last weekend Tropical Storm Allison slowed the cleanup in the Houston Ship Channel Off Rhode Island most of the estimated 420000 gallons of oil spilled from the Greek tanker World Prodigy no longer threat ened the shore Coast Guard hearings were to begin today on the spills off Rhode Island and Texas which resulted from a collision of the tanker Ra chelB and an oil barge owned by Coastal Towing Co of Houston Among those scheduled to testify in Providence RI was Capt Da vid G Leonard a harbor pilot who The New York Times said tried to warn the tanker it was heading into dangerous waters but his radio message came too late Coast Guard Capt Eric Williams of the Providence office said the only evidence found so far showed that human error played a role in the spill Along 20 miles of the Delaware River workers in boats scooped up blobs of congealed oil larger than basketballs stuffing the goo into large trash bags Skimmers dis patched after the Uruguayan tank er Presidente Rivera ran aground Saturday jammed in the dense oil blobs Its like black Jello its horri ble said Joseph Monigle of New Castle Del as he watched work ers from the shore A lawyer representing the insur ance company covering the Presi dente Rivera says the spill was caused by the crew dropping an chor prematurely as the ship pre pared to dock at the Sun Oil termi nal in Marcus Hook Pa Batman Hits Solid Homer At Box Office By The Associated Press HOLLYWOOD Despite mixed re views Batman earned a record million hi its first three days and the caped crusaders financial heroics car ried Hollywood to an unprecedented million weekend Figures released Monday showed the Warner Bros movie demolished the pre vious openingweekend record set the week before by Ghostbusters II which grossed million Batman starring Michael Keaton in the title role and Jack Nicholson as the Joker also scaled new heights for the best opening day million on Fri day and the biggest Saturday mil lion and Sunday million gates in movie history Those figures were rounded the exact figures yielded the million gross ac cording to John Krier of Exhibitor Rela tions Co which tracks boxoffice performance Overall American and Canadian mov ie fans spent more than million at theaters during the weekend breaking yet another record by million This is tremendous It is the biggest weekend ever in the history of the busi ness said Krier This summers box office take is 14 per cent ahead of the pace set last year when the movie business brought in a record billion during the summer Grosses have been boosted by higher ticket prices more than in some theaters The unprecedented popularity of Bat man even helped the competition Mov iegoers frustrated by unbearably long Batman lines at some of its 2194 screens dashed to Disneys modest come mWon ofDreams 12 million Environmentalists Sue DOE For 13State Nuclear Study By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Twenty one environmental groups an nounced today that they are suing the US Department of Energy to force prep aration of an environmental study cover ing DOEs 13state nuclear weapons complex A lawsuit filed in US District Court in Washington seeks an environmental im pact statement that would examine the DOEs wideranging plans for cleanup and modernization of its facilities over 20 years said the director of one group This will look at basically all of their proposed changes that came through in the 2010 report said Brian Costner of the Columbiabased Energy Research Foundation Costner referred to a DOE report is sued in December that proposed im provements at the Savannah River Site and other weapons plants stretching from Florida to Washington State The 21 groups also including Green peace USA and the Natural Resources Defense Council scheduled a press con ference this morning in Washington to announce their suit The programmatic EIS they de mand would assess See ENVIRONMENTALISTS 10A Bush Calls For Amendment To Ban Burning Of US Flag AP Source Exhibitor Relations Co dy Honey I Shrunk the Kids Honey which is being shown with a new Roger Rabbit cartoon called Tummy Trouble collected million in its debut to finish in second place in last weekends boxoffice reve nues It broke all of Disneys opening box office records including those by Cock tail and Three Men and a Baby By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush re acting to a Supreme Court decision that protects the right of protesters to burn the American flag called today for a con stitutional amendment that would prohib it desecration of the flag Support of the First Amendment need not extend to such desecration the pres ident said in a statement in the White House briefing room that turned into a lengthy and freewheeling news conference Bush also said he will carry a package of economic aid when he travels to Po land next month but wants to first make sure that the Communist government there will follow through on economic and political reform The Supreme Court ruled 54 last week that burning the American flag as a form of protest is protected by the Constitution Bush said it was important to protect the freespeech guarantees of protest but he didnt want to extend that to the flag which he referred to as the unique sym bol of America The courts decision provoked an emo tional response in Congress and else where and Bush said protection of the flag will in no way limit constitutional rights Please See BUSH Page 10A
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